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10:50 AM ET, August 11, 2017

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CNN cuts ties with commentator Jeffrey Lord after he replies “Sieg Heil!” in a Twitter discussion with the president of Media Matters for America  —  CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord on Thursday, hours after he ignited controversy by tweeting the words “Sieg Heil!” at a prominent liberal activist.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
A look at Guam's biggest daily paper, the Gannett-owned Pacific Daily News, a 20-person outlet whose traffic now doubles when it posts a story on North Korea  —  Dana Williams has covered a lot of disasters during her three-decade career as a reporter and editor.  —  Hurricanes in Florida.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
How Fox News rushed to publish a story about Seth Rich that it later retracted, with key source and Fox News pundit Rod Wheeler later suing the network  —  This is why the Seth Rich conspiracy won't disappear  —  For more than two months, Fox News has declined to explain the story behind …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Breitbart's campaign against national security adviser H.R. McMaster seems to have done more damage to Steve Bannon  —  The chief White House strategist is increasingly isolated in the West Wing as new chief of staff John Kelly tries to clamp down on negative news stories.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Leaked email: HBO offered hackers who stole scripts, shows, and employee info a $250K bug bounty; source says the message was an HBO stalling tactic  —  The HBO hacker has struck yet again.  —  Variety has obtained a copy of another message released Thursday by the anonymous hacker …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Google reveals sites that fail ad test, risk being filtered by upcoming Chrome ad blocker, including Forbes, LA Times, Lifehacker, Chicago Tribune  —  Publishers that have fretted about Google's plans to unleash an ad-blocking version of Chrome in 2018 can now see if their own sites' ads will be blocked by the tech giant.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Ad Age
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Parse.ly reaches profitability and raises $6.8M in Series B funding led by Grotech Ventures and Blumberg Capital  —  Heads-up, Chartbeat, one of your competitors is growing — and it's growing fast.  —  Parse.ly, an analytics platform used by several different news organizations …
Discussion: @alansoon
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News competitors like The Blaze, Newsmax, and OANN seek to steal Fox viewers as the network goes through a tumultuous period  —  Glenn Beck's The Blaze, Newsmax TV, One America News Network and others are among the challengers: “There's no Pepsi to FNC's Coke yet.”
Discussion: @marklevinshow
Nyshka Chandran / CNBC:
Chinese regulators are investigating Tencent's WeChat, Baidu's Tieba, and Sina Weibo for user-generated content that “endangers national security”  —  - Tencent, Baidu and Sina Weibo are being investigated by Chinese cyber-security regulators for potential violations
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $182M vs. $186.8M expected, DAUs grow 7.3M vs. 8M expected, reaching 173M, and loss grows to $443M; stock down 12%+  —  Snapchat's parent hurt by intensifying competition from larger rival Facebook  —  Snap Inc. on Thursday said its loss nearly quadrupled …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Memo: SoundCloud asks investors to approve reorganization proposal; if accepted, new $170M round will close Friday at pre-money valuation of $150M  —  Tomorrow is do or die for SoundCloud, the struggling streaming music company that recently laid off 40% of its staff despite having raised over $230 million in venture capital.
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Kelly Liyakasa / AdExchanger:
Genesis Media, a publisher analytics and data science company, has merged with video ad platform Altitude Digital  —  Genesis Media revealed Thursday that it has merged with video ad platform Altitude Digital.  —  The combined entity will do business as Genesis Media.  Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Maynard Institute debuts new diversity initiatives, hopes to assist 200 journalists of color through the industry over next five years  —  It's bringing on new funders and announced plans to develop new cultural competency trainings and a multi-year effort to support and move through …
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed's live Twitter morning show, premiering September 25 and called AM to DM, will aim to break news in real time
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Profile of Josh Raffel, a 33-year-old White House spokesman who handles PR for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill O'Reilly debuted a 30-minute online news show for paid subscribers on Wednesday night, made available for free on Thursday
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook introduces Watch, its redesigned video section for original content, with producers earning 55% of ad revenue, rolling out Thursday